December 29, 2011

2011 and 2012

First of all, Happy New Year everyone!

Second, I just met author Sarah Alderson - she is really nice! And I love her writing - look forward to a review soon!

Also, I am really excited about next year, with lots of cool new books coming out and of course, I can finally get around to reviewing these books that I have read, but not reviewed:

  1. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey.
  2.  Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.
  3. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.
  4. Hush, Hush  By Becca Fitzpatrick
  5. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson 
  6. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  7. Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Look out for all of their reviews and more in January!

Some books that I am really excited about for next year:

- Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
- The Shiny Guys by Doug Macleod
- Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

- The Catastrophic History of You & Me by Jess Rothenberg
- Dark Eyes by William Ritcher
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth

- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight  by Jennifer E Smith
-  Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby
- The Flappers: Vixen by Jillian Larkin

- Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
- The List by Siobhan Vivian
- The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker

- The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker
- The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
- Above by Leah Bobet

Look out for more posts coming to The Book Slooth next year. Lots of reviews, teasers, sneak peeks of upcoming books, quotes to entice you into reading and of course - competitions!

Happy New Year,

December 23, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss playlist


Here is the playlist that accompanies Anna and The French Kiss, compiled by author Stephanie Perkins here.
P.S. It's the spoiler-free verison, so if you're thinking of reading Anna, then get in the mood with this playlist without ruining anything. 

Read my review of Anna and the French Kiss Here.
Goodreads Page here.

December 22, 2011

REVIEW: The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Downing Cherry Cokes and watching her two best friends hoof it out on the dance floor of the local teen club doesn’t make 17-year-old Bianca Piper feel good about herself. Especially when high-school man-slut Wesley Rush tells her she's the Duff, her friends’ "designated ugly fat friend," and tries to cozy up to her in order to get into her friends’ pants. Later on, somehow, someway, Bianca finds herself drawn to Wesley, and before she knows it, they’ve created a complex, enemies-with-benefits relationship that the YA market has never seen before. Their encounters are heatedly frank and full of humor, anger and rage, and soon the two learn they have more in common than they could ever have expected. Kirkus Reviews

Being a fan of Keplinger's Sophomore novel, Shut Out, I picked up The DUFF expecting a fun, fluffy, adolescent "chick lit" read. It was great.

One of my favourite aspects of Keplinger's writing is the frankness of it. She doesn't beat around the bush with mysterious and eluding adjectives and odd metaphors. Now that doesn't mean that she goes into plain, clinical detail about every little aspect of the book in a meticulous manner; she doesn't.

In fact, Keplinger's writing is enjoyable to read and easy to absorb, not having you needing to re-read sentences in confusion. She gives you details; enough to keep you at exactly the right perspective; it's not an under detailed or "oh my gosh, I can't believe that you just went into that much detail" type of novel; Keplinger has skillfully covered the topic of sex well in both her books. To put it simply, it's not weird or awkward.

I loved the concept, great fun, something that is a topic among teenagers and was well addressed by Keplinger. The book has a fluffy top layer, but if you choose to read into it, it does have some themes that appear in the end such as friendship and relationships, honesty, the social "norm" and, of course, sex.

An escapist, summer read, The DUFF should be on your to-read list. If you're female, 12 or older, then  trust me, you won't put it down!

"...Keplinger scores a first for a genre in which vampires and dystopian futures rule. Her snarky teen speak, true-to-life characterizations and rollicking sense of humor never cease in her debut. Teen readers will see both themselves and their friends in Bianca's layered, hostile world."
   — Kirkus Reviews

"Kudos to the 18-year-old Keplinger for writing a heroine whose complicated relationship with sex is honest and heartbreaking. This for-more-mature teens novel deftly illustrates how even consensual sex can be emotionally destructive, and captures thoughts about self-image and the many different types of relationships. Expect to be recommending The Duff to friends for years to come."
   — Romantic Times Top Pick, 4 Stars

"I really appreciate what The Duff stands for as a book.  For me, that is really what makes it such a recommended read.  There isn’t enough YA that combines a fun tone of voice with serious discussions on sex positivity."

The Authors Website here and her blog here

Other Reviews:
@ Belle's Bookshelf
@ Persnickety Snark
@ YA Reads
@ Dear Author

December 21, 2011

Miss Peregrine's - The Making of a Trailer

This short film is fascinating look at the abandoned houses and castles that author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs and his Dutch urban explorer guide found while scouting locations for the book trailer.

I have just started reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children  and I love it already, can't wait to delve into it.


December 19, 2011

REVIEW: Sleepless by Cyn Balog

Eron DeMarchelle isn't supposed to feel this connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce his human charges to sleep. Though he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn't encouraged to do so. After all, becoming too involved in one human's life could prevent him from helping others get their needed rest.
But he can't deny that he feels something for Julia, a lonely girl with fiery red hair and sad dreams. Just weeks ago, her boyfriend died in a car accident, and Eron can tell that she feels more alone than ever. Eron was human once too, many years ago, and he remembers how it felt to lose the one he loved. In the past, Eron has broken rules to protect Julia, but now, when she seems to need him more than ever, he can't reach her. Eron's time as a Sandman is coming to a close, and his replacement doesn't seem to care about his charges. Worse, Julia is facing dangers she doesn't recognize, and Eron, as he transitions back to being human, may be the only one who can save her. . . .
Even once they've become human again, Sandmen are forbidden to communicate with their charges. But Eron knows he won't be able to forget Julia. Will he risk everything for a chance to be with the girl he loves?
The First two things on my mind:
1. I love the flower on the cover - it's soo pretty!
2. Sandmen! Seriously! Are you kidding me? That is so cool! 

Anyway, now to the serious stuff...

I loved the premise of Sleepless, how often do you come across a novel about Sandmen? A highly untapped market, Balog executed the concept well and finished with a novel that weaved the everyday into the supernatural.  Cue The Chordettes.

In my opinion, the plot was a bit predictable, but still enjoyable. It might just be me who's psychic, but I found that at sometimes, I let out a sigh of relief when the character did something that I wanted them to do already!

I enjoyed Sleepless and if you're female, 13-16, looking for a good read that is peppy, will keep you interested and occasionally laughing, then Sleepless is your man. (So to speak).

December 15, 2011

Embrace Cover Shoot

I came across the Embrace Cover shoot, at The Story Siren, and loved the video. It's really nice to be able to see behind the scenes and see what goes into the making of a cover.

Here's the video:

Here's the final cover:

December 06, 2011

REVIEW: Fly on the Wall by E Lockhart

 I have loved E Lockhart ever since I read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks, so I was excited when I saw one of her recent books that had a great concept - someone turning into a fly on the wall - I had to read it!

Gretchen Yee attends the Manhattan School for Art and Music, where everybody seems to have some sort of amazing talent or cool defining feature; like smoking out of a pipe or a blue beard. But Gretchen is just a normal girl who loves to draw in cartoon form; which is constantly getting her in trouble with her art teacher. 
Gretchen admires Titus from afar, studying him like a statue. But she know that she will never be able to talk to him as he is one of the most popular guys in the school. When a wish goes a-rye and Gretchen finds herself a fly trapped in the boys locker room, she learns a lot more about the guys at her school than she ever wanted to. 

Three words can describe this book - short and sweet.

It was great, I haven't read or heard of a book with the same concept before, (unless you count Kafka!? - which was, coincidentally what Gretchen was reading!) so it was great to experience something like it for the first time. The lack of supernatural and just funny wish/ coincidence aspect of Gretchen being turned into a fly was refreshing and gave it that touch of reality that made it so much funnier.

The story was great, it wasn't afraid to poke fun at it's semi-indie settings and people. It also had a great development; each part was divided equally enough that you were satisfied with the introduction, the action and the conclusion.

The action during Gretchen's fly times at the Manhattan School of Art and Music were the funniest parts of the novel. Lockhart handled the whole boys locker-room thing really well, the whole thing not just focusing on the guys and their bodies, sure, there was that stuff at the beginning, but it also delved into the social dynamics between them, the social norm, relationships and how men and women view each other so differently.

A really entertaining, original and quick read (182 pages) , Fly on the Wall is great if you're 12-19.

Also reviewed at:

Anna Reads

December 05, 2011

Cover of the week - Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson

I don't know what it is about this cover; maybe it's because it's bright and fresh, maybe it's the props that I like. Either way, this cover is definitely this week's favourite.
P.S. Sorry about the small image, it's the biggest I could find!

Read the review for the first book in the Scarlett series, Suite Scarlett here. 

And here are some of my other favourite covers of this week...

December 01, 2011

Penguin Deluxe Classics

I am smitten with Penguin's line of re-covered classics. I know it might seem that I'm a bit behind as they have been out for a while, truly, I have NO EXCUSE!

Without further a du, The Penguin Deluxe Classics!

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